Terry Falk

Recent Articles

The Educator: Some School Districts Could Disappear
The Educator

Some School Districts Could Disappear

Shrinking population, open enrollment, other factors threaten state's smaller districts.

The Educator: Can St. Francis Schools Survive?
The Educator

Can St. Francis Schools Survive?

Small southern suburb faces enrollment decline that will make that very difficult.

The Educator: The Move Away From Standardized Tests
The Educator

The Move Away From Standardized Tests

Marquette and other colleges no longer require ACT or SAT. Why?

The Educator: How Should MPS Use Rainy Day Fund?
The Educator

How Should MPS Use Rainy Day Fund?

Typically used for school emergencies. Union pushes to use it to hire more staff.

The Educator: Who is Bob Peterson?
The Educator

Who is Bob Peterson?

New Milwaukee school board member is acclaimed educator who doesn’t always agree with teachers union.

Education: Elite Schools Aren’t Worth the Cheating
Education

Elite Schools Aren’t Worth the Cheating

Research shows students who miss the cut do just as well elsewhere.

Op Ed: Is Student Mobility Hurting MPS?
Op Ed

Is Student Mobility Hurting MPS?

Yes, many students transfer between schools, but that may not be the real problem for them.

MPS Gives $100,000 in Pay Raises Without Board Approval
Press Release

MPS Gives $100,000 in Pay Raises Without Board Approval

None of these raises have been officially reported to the school board.

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Op-Ed: Is Charter School Bubble About to Burst?
Op-Ed

Is Charter School Bubble About to Burst?

Their shaky financing is causing failures locally, nationally. Yet Trump wants more.

Op-Ed: Why Schools Are Abandoning Zero Tolerance
Op-Ed

Why Schools Are Abandoning Zero Tolerance

Even the theory’s biggest promoter has. But what is the alternative?

Op Ed: Why Did State’s ACT Test Scores Plummet?
Op Ed

Why Did State’s ACT Test Scores Plummet?

Actually achievement hasn’t dropped. But we were never as good as we claimed.

Op-Ed: Police Outreach to Teens a Failure
Op-Ed

Police Outreach to Teens a Failure

Violence over weekend dramatizes issue. School board called for changes in outreach program.

How MPS Changed School Expulsions

How MPS Changed School Expulsions

Echoing national trends, school board has moved away from “zero tolerance.” Here’s why.

Op Ed: Why Thornton Is Leaving MPS
Op Ed

Why Thornton Is Leaving MPS

It's all about moving back home, not about frustration with Milwaukee.

Common Core is Here to Stay

Common Core is Here to Stay

And the black helicopters are coming!

The End of Suburbs?

The End of Suburbs?

So argues a new book. And former Milwaukee Mayor John Norquist agrees. Are they right?

Op-Ed: Send in the Cops?
Op-Ed

Send in the Cops?

Ald. Donovan wants more cops in MPS, Chief Flynn wants a different approach. Who’s right?